A historic meeting recently took place prior to a Black History Month event at Jackson State University in Mississippi. Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of Medgar Evers, and Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, met for the first time at the Evers’ home in Jackson.
Medgar Evers was assassinated on June 12, 1963 in the driveway of the home. At the time, Reena was 8 years old.
Malcolm X was shot and killed in New York City on February 19, 1965. Ilyasah was three years old at the time.
“We belong to a club no one would want to join,” Evers-Everette said to a packed crowd at the Jackson State University Student Center later that day at the university’s 2015 Black History Makers Forum.